Rogen had a cutting response to the news, which was announced on Wednesday:
Rogen’s “Ho-ho-holocaust denier” comment has more than 100,000 likes and nearly 15,000 retweets compared to the initial tweet from The Hollywood Reporter announcing the news — which had just over 500 likes.
Sarah Silverman was among those to applaud Rogen’s remark.
I love you— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 9, 2019
“Is this like Bad Santa,” the 2003 film starring Billy Bob Thornton, “but now with a serving of anti-Semitism?” asked another.
Is this like "Bad Santa," but now with a serving of anti-semitism?— Bärí A. Williams (@BariAWilliams) May 9, 2019
This commenter weaved some of Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments into the lyrics of “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.”
You better watch out— That Jewish Kid (@Joshua_Springer) May 9, 2019
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to tell you that the Holocaust was a numbers game and that Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world https://t.co/G9b4xdb474
Journalist Yashar Ali posted a whole thread reminding people of some of Gibson’s anti-Semitic and racist comments — while also calling out his abuse against his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva.
2. After Mel Gibson's anti-Semitic tirade in 2006 where he said, among other things,"The Jews are responsible for all the wars," he took a hit, but here's how he reacted when asked about in 2016 by Variety.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) May 8, 2019
These aren't the words of a changed man. pic.twitter.com/qKrl1X9jbK
That led someone to comment that “at this rate, he’ll be a future president.”
At this rate he’ll be a future president. 😟— Jason Kneen (@jasonkneen) May 8, 2019
Gibson — who has long been at the center of controversy for making disparaging comments about gays, blacks and Jews (and was blacklisted in Hollywood for almost a decade for it) — received a similar reaction when it was announced last year that he would be directing The Wild Bunch. At the time, Silverman tweeted one of his anti-Semitic quotes: “F***king Jews. The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world!” which he said during his 2006 arrest tirade.
People call Gibson a Holocaust denier for ridiculing the number of Jews who were killed by Hitler in the genocide. In a 2006 interview with Reader’s Digest, he said. “I mean when the war was over they said it was 12 million. Then it was six. Now it’s four. I mean it’s that kind of numbers game. …”
Gibson’s father, Hutton Gibson, has also been called a Holocaust denier. He once questioned how the Nazis could have disposed of 6 million bodies during the genocide.
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